The human brain consumes approximately 34 gigabytes of data every day, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California – San Diego. That’s roughly the size of 8 high definition movies!

For most of us, the majority of this data is instantly processed by our eyes, without consciously thinking about it. But people with significant visual impairments rely on their auditory processing capacity to consume information. Would it surprise you to learn that they consume the same volume of data daily—provided it’s structured in a way that makes sense to them?

As educators and content creators, we often take for granted a person’s ability to visually process information. As a result, we forget to consciously structure our content in a way that ensures it can be easily consumed by everyone.

Here at Blackboard, that’s a challenge our content developers accepted. They focus on ensuring the content they design is well structured. And recently they published a series of simple accessible writing guidelines that can help other content creators build information that can be clearly consumed by anyone.

Check out the writing guidelines article, and watch for other best practices for accessibility noted in our topics on help.blackboard.com. If you have ideas for other helpful articles, email us at accessibility@blackboard.com and let us know.

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  • Patricia Brooks

    Incorporating outside sources in your writing requires that you have taken good notes on your readings and have decided which sources are relevant and appropriate to your assignment.

  • Patricia Brooks

    Incorporating outside sources in your writing requires that you have taken good notes on your readings and have decided which sources are relevant and appropriate to your assignment.